Training courses

An Introduction to Stock Assessment

This course provides instruction, demonstration, and exercises in population modelling as applied to fishery resources

15–19 June 2015
ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark

Application deadline: 5 May 2015

Please await confirmation of your place on the course before making travel arrangements


The general objective of the course is to train stock assessment scientists and advisors in basic population dynamics and stock assessment. The course not only presents the theoretical elements but also puts theory into practice through case studies and hands-on exercises.

Specific objectives are:

  1. understanding the role of stock assessment in fishery science
  2. familiarity with conventional stock assessment models
  3. experience in basic model building and parameter estimation

By the end of the course, the participants will:

  • be aware of single species assessment methods as applied to North Atlantic fisheries
  • understand the data-collection needs for different assessment methods
  • be familiar with indicators and reference points, both biological and economic, as tools in fishery management
  • develop knowledge of population and fishery processes by using simulation models to improve scientific advice for managers


The course provides a conceptual understanding, supported by quantitative applications that are designed to illustrate model properties. Advanced topics and programming skills will be introduced in preparation for more advanced ICES courses or to approach the same topics through self-learning.

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Steven Cadrin, UMASS, School for Marine Science and Technology, USA

Robert Scott, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, New Caledonia​

Course fee:

750 Euros (ICES member country affiliated participants)

1250 Euros (non-member country affiliated participants)

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An Introduction to Stock Assessment

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